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Ecuadorian Catholic Church Denounces Fake Pope Quote in Presidential Campaign

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 17, 2017, 4:18 pm
A statement attributed to Pope Francis, which was used by Lenin Moreno's campaign, has recently been deemed a fake (
A statement attributed to Pope Francis, which was used by Lenin Moreno’s campaign, has recently been deemed a fake (Celag).

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The Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference (CEE) expressed in an official communiqué on its website that the use of a phrase attributed to Pope Francis who mentions the risk of choosing a “rich president” had already circulated in the media since before Ecuador’s first round elections last February 19.

“When you choose a rich president, he will want to continue to be wealthy at the expense of your poverty. Never let him,” says the message that is accompanied by an image of Pope Francis.

The Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference said that the Pontiff has never said or written such words, supporting his argument with a press release from the Vatican agency Aciprensa.

“A publication that attributes to Pope Francisco political phrases has gone viral in recent weeks on social networks, in an attempt to influence the second round of elections in Ecuador,” says the Vatican news agency.

As a result, the ecclesiastical body requested that no statements be attributed to Pope Francis or to the bishops of the different dioceses of Ecuador for electoral propaganda purposes.

Social networking users also expressed their distaste at using the message attributed to Pope Francis to support the campaign of the ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno, who has the support of the current president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa.

Now, it appears that the quote itself is completely fictitious.

Opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso is locked in a tight battle with former vice president Lenin Moreno. The candidates will face off on April 2 in a second round election, since neither candidate won 50%, or 40% with a 10% margin of victory, in the first round.

Lasso, a banker and former governor of Guayas province, has received a boost from other former candidates, including Paco Moncayo of the Democratic Left and Cynthia Viteri of the Social Christian Party, but recent polls have given the edge to Moreno.

Source: La Republica

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

New Cuban Documentary Highlights Struggles of Political Prisoners’ Families

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 17, 2017, 3:58 pm
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EspañolA short documentary was shown this Thursday in Miami to raise awareness of struggles of the residents on neighboring Cuba. The 29-minute "Political Prisoners in Cuba, Avatars of the Family," directed by Orlando Rodríguez Lobaina, aimed to highlight and denounce the isolation and social exclusion of Cuban dissidents often suffering and in prison on the island. are prisoners on the island suffer from. The filmmaker said all the cases shown in the film come down to a common denominator: the nightmare suffered by a family when one of its members is arrested by the Cuban regime. The documentary was presented at Casa Bacardi/Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, where Rodríguez spoke about his own experience as a former political prisoner and how it has made him a "nuissance" for the regime. "I have been in the struggle for 20 years and my son, who is nine years old, has a file at school that says his father opposes the regime. They say I'm the worst and sow the seed of hatred," the filmmaker said. "Not only is the dissident arrested, but  the family suffers, as they have to live under permanent offenses, attacks and exclusion from their neighbors." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The movie shows young wives, mothers, children and relatives of arrested Cuban dissidents. The interviewees talk about their experiences, as well as the abuse they suffer, such as having eggs  stones and pig feces thrown at them. According to Rodríguez, all these acts of harassment and intimidation are a "powerful repressive machinery of the regime that buys parties and signatures in the international context while silencing the abuses it perpetrates against opponents of the Castro regime." Source: Cubanet

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